A Gen.G Elite Esports Academy class in Seoul, one of the many schools in South Korea catering to online gamers who dream of turning pro, May 25, 2021. Gen.G, a California-based esports company, opened its academy in Seoul in 2019 and trains young South Koreans and other students on how to turn pro and also helps gaming buffs find opportunities as streamers, marketers and data analysts. (Chang W Lee/The New York Times)

Inside the world of esports in S Korea

Each year, thousands of young South Koreans compete to join pro esports teams, but only a few make the cut